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Sam Zell Automatons, 1999-2006

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1602
Bib ID 9180164 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Zell, Sam, 1941-
Title Sam Zell Automatons, 1999-2006
Physical Description 8 linear feet (8 oversized custom boxes)
Language(s) English .
Access

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Arrangement

Arrangement

Material is organized chronologically.

Description

Summary

Collection of eight automatons. Samuel "Sam" Zell. Billionaire investor and chairman of Equity Group Investments, an investment firm focused on transportation, real-estate, energy, media and healthcare industries. Mr. Zell has 675 automatons made each year and gives them out as New Year's presents. The automatons are freestanding sculptural objects that represent a different topic each year. They are charged with an AC adaptor and then started by the push of a button. They begin by playing a new year's message from Sam Zell and then continue with a song parody, generally about the economy (although the 2004 automaton is about the election). The automatons move at the same time as they play the message and song.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Sam Zell Automatons; Box; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Ownership and Custodial History

Barden Gale.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Items processed Wes Alcenat 02/10/2012.

Finding aid written Wes Alcenat 02/10/.

Revision Description

2012-02-10 xml document instance created by Carrie Hintz

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Samuel "Sam" Zell. Billionaire investor and chairman of Equity Group Investments, an investment firm focused on transportation, real-estate, energy, media and healthcare industries.